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ENHANCED POWERS OF BSF

ENHANCED POWERS OF BSF

Context:

The Ministry of Home Affairs has enhanced the powers of the Border Security Force (BSF). Under the enhanced power, officers will have the power to search and arrest

List of Enhanced powers:

  • Officers will have the power of seizure up to the extent of 50 km in 3 new states that share international borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh. They have been given the right to take this action under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), Passport Act and Passport (Entry to India) Act.
  • BSF officers could conduct searches and arrests in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. In the mentioned states, the BSF will have the right to search and arrest just like state police.
  • They also have the power to search and arrest Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Ladakh.
  • The jurisdiction of BSF in Gujarat has been reduced and the extent of the border has been reduced from 80 km to 50 km to bring uniformity, while in Rajasthan the radius area has been kept 50 km as before.

Background of the Decision:

  • According to the MHA, this decision has been taken to curb illegal activities linked to national security in 10 states and two Union Territories, but it might also raise administrative and political issues.

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